CM ADVANCES TO SEMIS IN CARROLLTON — The Civic Memorial Eagles defeated Brussels 72-43 in the quarterfinals at the Carrollton Invite on Wednesday.
With the victory No. 3 ranked CM improved to 15-8 overall and advances to play No. 2 Lebanon at 8 p.m. tonight in Carrollton. Brussels sank to 17-6 with Wednesday's loss.
The Eagles shot in front 14-7 after one quarter vs. the Raiders before embarking on a 34-0 marathon run over an eight minute stretch to go up 38-7. Brussels responded with a 10-0 spree and CM led 38-17 entering the break. The Eagles led 61-33 after three quarters.
Allie Troeckler posted a double double, with 30 points and 10 rebounds to stir CM's onslaught. She was 12 of 13 from the field and 5 of 6 from free throw line. Kalyn Troxell chipped in with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Izzy Buckley netted 9 points, Katelyn Turbyfill scored 8 and Journey Coffman punched in 7 to accompany 4 steals.
The Eagles were 27 of 49 from the field and 15 of 18 from the free throw line in the triumph.
GRANITE CITY EDGES MELHS — The Granite City Warriors punched their ticket into the consolation finals of the Carrollton Invite on Wednesday with a 46-45 win over the Metro East Lutheran Knights, but it wasn't easy.
GCHS improved to 6-14 with the victory, while the Knights dipped to 11-10 after the loss.
The Warriors overcame a slow start on Wednesday to pull out the win. They trailed 20-11 midway through the second quarter, but concocted an 11-0 scoring spurt to leap in front 22-20 and led 25-23 entering the break following a 3-pointer by Donyai Garrett. A 9-0 run by GCHS to start the third quarter extended the lead to 34-23.
The Warriors led just 46-43 in the final minute, but MELHS missed a pair of 3-point attempts and a put back at the buzzer left them a point short of victory.
Addaya Moore steered the attack for the Granite City, pouring in a game-high 26 points. Viktoria Johnson scored 8 and Garrett had 6 to complement Moore.
The Warriors will play at 2 p.m. on Saturday in the consolation finals. They await the winner of Marquette Catholic and host Carrollton which square off at 5 p.m. tonight.
ALTON DOWNS LANCERS IN SWC ACTION AT HOME — The Alton Redbirds claimed a share of third place in the Southwestern Conference on Wednesday, defeating Belleville East at home 54-24 in their final league dual of the season.
Alton improved to 13-5 overall and finished up 4-3 in SWC action. The Lancers ended 1-6 on the conference slate.
The Redbirds were spurred to victory by seven pins in the dual with East. Garrett Sims (106), Nijel Ward (113), Connor Broyles (132), Alejandro Lopez (145), Nolan Woszczynski (170), KeOntay Holmes (182) and Ryan Kane (285) all logged pins for the Birds.
Alton returns to action at 6 p.m. tonight, welcoming the Roxana Shells to AHS for a nonconference dual. Redbirds' head coach Eric Roberson is a graduate of Roxana High.